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1021  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 02, 2012, 01:05:31 PM
Went over to a friend's place to play some Wii U. Mario and Nintendoland are both fun. It's great to see Mario in hd finally and that game is a lot of fun. It doesn't hold a candle to Rayman Origins visually, though.

A fun system but I'd rather hold out for sony/microsoft.

I was considering buying myself a Wii U for christmas but I never play multi-player and I hate motion-control-oriented games... the Wii had enough classic-controller stuff going for it to satiate it me but I'm torn on the Wii U.... the guys at the gamestop actually talked me out of my purchase of one the other day because of how much I bitched about not being able to play newer Zelda because of how much I can't stand the motion controls..... But gee-golly, does it look like a bright, happy and cheery system....

Is it strange that I buy, wrap and gift presents to myself that I unwrap christmas morning?... LOL

Anyhow.... Klydes strange christmas traditions aside....

I finally beat Alice: Madness Returns!! My token non-RPG of 2012 has been completed! Great freakin' game up until the end.... I feel like the game really takes a nose dive in the dollhouse chapter and then the infernal train and ending felt rushed to point of merely offering conclusion and closure where necessary.... Which is a bummer because the first 3 quarters of the game seemed superb to me....

In the world of Breath of Fire 3 things seem to be becoming grim as well.... I have somehow managed to make this game horribly unbalanced to the point where it seems I must use a party of Ryu, Nina, and Rei or I get decimated..... in contrast, with that party in the "attack" formation (with Ryu at the lead) there isn't much that can stand up to a double attack from Ryu for more then a round or two.... I don't know if this is because of how I played or a flaw in design that makes the attack formation coupled with a high agility party damn near game-breaking..... In either case Garr, Momo and even my super leveled spud  companion (I actually like Peco) are getting really neglected at this point... Making my way through Cear Xhan (yea, I spelled that way wrong.....) ATM.... Maybe its just me, but did this game get a little stale for anyone else around this point?....... 

1022  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Videogames and depression on: December 01, 2012, 03:10:14 PM
My harsh condemnation of the way medicine is practiced when it comes to mental illness is not aimed at those in the field who try their best.... its aimed at the many who start playing around with the complex equilibrium of chemistry up in our grey matter, via prescribed meds, without appropriately exploring other avenues or treatment methods... or taking into consideration how many years of different pills its going to take to re-balance brain chemistry or even if re-balancing is possible... ESPECIALLY in children.....

In other words, anyone can easily go to a doctor with a mild case of the blues and unwittingly get prescribed a number of common "pills for the problem" (heck, it doesn't even need to be a head doctor.... most walk-in-clinic docs will prescribe wellbutrin, celexa, lexapro, and a host of others at the drop of a hat....)...... however the problem may not have warranted hopping into the perverbial rabbit hole of head drugs that follows....

up this chemical in the brain and that one drops, so you get a pill for that.... now you have anxiety so you get a pill for that... but that anxiety med down-regulates some receptor site compounding your depression... you get the idea... and sadly the only solution is trying to perpetually re-balance via meds or "bite the bullet" and suffer long enough for your brain to start doing its thing on its own again....

Now there are doctors who don't throw a pill down your throat as soon as you say "boo-hoo".... Unfortunately, in my experience, I have found it to be far more common to have very serious, mind altering drugs, prescribed as easily as an anti-biotics.... That is negligent practice IMO now matter what way I look at it...

There is no long-term side effects to cognitive behavorial therapy, nor is there any harm in looking into your diet to make certain your minerals and vitamins are on point...  maybe even seeing a nutritionist... Rarely have I ever come across a doctor who explores these options first....

Mind you, I don't post this with the intention of defending how jaded and bias I am in regard to the matter.... I know objectively that I should be a bit more understanding about the whole thing... once again though, its just my own personal experience that has resulted in me being of this persuasion....
So please don't think my aim is to argue that all docs are bad and head drugs have no place in treatment.... All of this is just to better flesh out the reasoning behind why I seem "harsh".
1023  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 01, 2012, 02:34:54 PM
I wish they would port this to the PC.

I wish they would localize the PS3 HD reincarnation.... and then the sequels..... its nice to dream....
1024  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: December 01, 2012, 02:32:57 PM
-Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3
-Dragonforce and Dragonforce 2
-Lunar 2 (lunar 1 had enough reincarnations...)
-Breath of Fire 2
-Final Fantasy VI
-Treasure Hunter G
-Mother 3 (I couldn't meander my way through another earthbound playthrough even if it were HD'ed to the max....)

All localized and on home consoles please :)
1025  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 30, 2012, 05:57:12 PM
Still meandering my way through backlogs.... how I'm being disciplined enough to still not indulge X-Com or Mugen Souls is beyond me..... but I'm running with the fortitude I'm exercising lately and trying to polish off Breath of Fire 3 with Alice Return to Madness as an aside..... Absolutely loving Alice BTW... I guess I can enjoy something that is not a JRPG or an SRPG.....

In regard to Breath of Fire 3..... All I have to say is the Desert was the most "un-fun" thing I think I've ever had to do in an RPG..... It wouldn't have been too bad actually, however upon exiting and speaking with some folks at the oasis I learn there is (of course) some treasure to be had for venturing back in.... that is when the true torture began.... you can't even call it a mini-game or puzzle.... just quite simply monotony at its most excruciating..... I have one more treasure to go, but I think another trek through that desert would cause my "fortitude" to crumble....

Best advice for the desert is to find a GameFAQ and follow it since the instructions the game gives you to make it through the desert were mistranslated. Also most of the treasure isn't really worth it either since you can get both the Royal Sword and the Life Armor from the fishing minigame.


...........damnit...... i wish i knew that before wasting 4 1/2 hours walking mindlessly.... but Aeolus, bless your kind heart... you just spared me another evening of frustration.... I won't check a faq (personal policy) and I only got the Royal Sword.... the armor still eluded me... knowing there is another way to procure it will allow me to advance in peace.... Thank you kindly :)
Can someone list me a bunch of video games that had Angkor Wat inspired areas in them.

I imagine Angkor Wat inspired quite a few stages/areas in various games..... Or at the very least designers have unwittingly mimicked the setting a number of times....

Various Final Fantasy locals
Tomb Raider
Secret of Mana.......
.......... heck even Zombies Ate My Neighbors... (if I can recall correctly...).... all have various egyptian/indian esque temple settings...  Tales of Graces F had a whole country...

However all these I've listed I think are more loosely based on the desert/egypt theme rather than Angkor Wat which, in truth, is a different animal altogeather (from what I gather from a quick wikipedia glance...)

1026  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Videogames and depression on: November 30, 2012, 03:55:02 PM
I love this subject..... Having a number of lovely "titles" I myself have been given by "professionals" (such as OCD, ADD/Overactive Mind Syndrone, Manic Depressive/Bipoar/Bipolar 2, personality disorder, social anxiety disorder and probably a host of others I've forgotten) I have also been through the gamut of treatment options.... I gave up on doctors nearly a decade ago having eventually concluded the best way to become well adjusted mentally and emotionally was through cognitive and behavorial changes... On that note, I also tend to believe such "titles" carry a bit too much "weight" in that many diagnosis given are doing nothing more then labeling a personality trait that comes with a pill attached to it (all of which just further throw neuro-balance out of whack in the long run....)... But I'm drifting from the matter at hand....

As I stated, I've been diagnosed and treated medically for depression amongst other things in the past... sometimes with little to no improvement what-so-ever... I now maintain a regimen of things outside the scope of magic potions and pills to keep myself healthy... I'm happy to report for years now I have had NO extreme problems with my so-called disorders... Video games, ironically, are a large part of that healthy regimen for me.

Personally, video games serve as an excellent 'canary in the well' for me when it comes to increasing severity of depression. 

I couldn't agree more.... But it extends a bit beyond depression for me.... The length of time I can play, the amount of attention I can lend to a game while playing, as well as assessing my recall of my playtime are all measures for me to check myself cognitively. How I play and how long I play tell me a lot about how I'm doing mentally.... In fact, I'd go so far as to say in some respects gaming has proven MORE efficient in "diagnosing" and treating some of my problems than any other means I've explored......

Case and point....

A doctor says I have ADD..... I think I'm just too hyper-inspired and excitable for my own good sometimes.... The fact I know to be true is that stimulants calm me down and allow me to focus... At the correct "dosage" the stimulants allow me full faculty of my brain and decision making as well (I don't feel scatter-brained or compulsive, I can make decisions based on logic and/or reasonable desire instead my thoughts and motivations bouncing around like a super-ball in my head)....... That correct "dosage" of pharmacutical remedies was not something doctors were able to achieve with me, and those options just created more problems by throwing other things out of whack.... Now, today, things are very simple.... I play whatever game I am currently playing. If I can devote the amount of time and attention to the game that I like (or more accuractely what I decide to be appropriate) I am good..... If I can't devote the amount of time and attention to the game I medicate... You know medication is now for me? Coffee.... I increase coffee consumption until I can comfortably focus and play my game.... I do this routine every morning... have for years... The result? I have not had a problem focusing or working for years and can easily apply myself to my work for however long is required without feeling or acting on an impulsive need to do anything else.

and depression....

So I have supposedly been/am all sorts of depressed..... Manic Depression, Clinical Depression, Seasonal Depression.... you name it..... whether I am or not is irrelevant... what is important is I know symptomatically certain things accompany certain forms of depression for me... Apathy, obsession, mania et cetera..... I also know that too much or too little of the correct neurotransmitters are the key to managing this... But the key to managing those neurotransmitters for me is keeping them in balance BEFORE there is a problem... this is done through dietary intake of their pre-cursors (in other words, if I am becoming manic I consume tryptophan-rich foods because it is a pre-cursor for serotonin and much safer than SRRI meds)... I can see these trends long before they inhibit my daily living via my gaming (or more accurately how I think about and handle my gaming).

I can go on to explain further how I've used gaming as an exercise to help measure and restore short term memory function.... Which in my opinion was a major factor of my being depressed... Or I can go on to detail how I've even used video games to get over chemical addiction.

Now I am not by any means saying games or gaming is the "cure all".... but for me personally they are a HUGE part of my healthy regimen, in particularly as a diagnostic tool and a "maintenance exercise".... Naturally, the big picture involves a lot more then gaming.... Either way, thats my experience on the subject, take it for what its worth.

1027  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 29, 2012, 01:05:05 PM
Still meandering my way through backlogs.... how I'm being disciplined enough to still not indulge X-Com or Mugen Souls is beyond me..... but I'm running with the fortitude I'm exercising lately and trying to polish off Breath of Fire 3 with Alice Return to Madness as an aside..... Absolutely loving Alice BTW... I guess I can enjoy something that is not a JRPG or an SRPG.....

In regard to Breath of Fire 3..... All I have to say is the Desert was the most "un-fun" thing I think I've ever had to do in an RPG..... It wouldn't have been too bad actually, however upon exiting and speaking with some folks at the oasis I learn there is (of course) some treasure to be had for venturing back in.... that is when the true torture began.... you can't even call it a mini-game or puzzle.... just quite simply monotony at its most excruciating..... I have one more treasure to go, but I think another trek through that desert would cause my "fortitude" to crumble....
1028  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 24, 2012, 03:37:12 PM
Finished Kino's Journey, and Dice you were very correct, really fun and thought provoking show, so, despite some bad reviews decided to watch Kurozuka and after a marathon of 8 episodes today I must say so far I find it rather enjoyable.

I loved kino's journey!!

And to touch upon the Dream Eater Merry you recently watched.... I agree with you on that front as well.... interesting concept, executed very poorly... Odd attire in anime has never bothered me, but Merrie's gravity defying overcoat/jacket tail-thingies bugged me right from the opening theme of episode one... not that there weren't much larger problems with the short series than merries jacket but damn that bother me....

Just checked out X the TV series.... Not exactly mindblowing.... Entertaining enough I suppose.. the bi-polar- 180 turn that Kom-oo-A's character makes mid series was a bit strange... the ending was really disappointing and abrupt... but it did progress well enough to keep me watching til the end....

Now I am just waiting with baited breath to see the Berserk flick..... I know a lot of fans were unhappy with it but in all honesty I can't imagine me disliking anything "Berserk"....  ***runs off to change avatar to a griffith pic***
1029  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2012, 01:11:19 PM

Klyde, those are sick tats my good man.

Color me impressed.  The last gaming tattoo I saw was a Mario 1-up mushroom, this seems significantly more complicated.

Actually, now that I think about it, the last gaming tatoo(s) I saw were a set of Foxhound logos.  Still.

Thank you for your kind words... this piece meant a lot to me and as such, so does your appreciation for it :)..... I currently have a number of gaming tats in the works but they are all larger in scale meaning they are NOT "one (session) and done" projects.... this one actually wraps around about 2/3 of the guys upper arm (if you can't tell from the pic) with X and Zero each about 7 inches in length (give or take)...... waiting for people to heal then get around to coming back for more sessions is.... well... a test of patience to say the least..... Eventually though, in the not so distant future, I will hopefully be sharing some final fantasy work, yoshi's island, a chrono trigger piece and another megaman piece.

Goddamn that's nice!  Really well done for pretty complicated work. :)
If I need a gaming tat, I know who to ask (and who to make a trip to the States for?? D: ...bah!). 

Today I worked on a paper... then I loafed and cleaned my room.  I was about to start up my paper again, but got too hungry and waited for dinner.  A good day.

Dice, if you are ever making a trip down and around northeast pennsylvania and want a tattoo, be certain to give me ample heads up. I would be more then happy to keep the schedule open for you. To do a gaming tattoo on you or anyone from the board here would be a total honor and I would be more then willing to do it insanely cheap (or even simply for trading some gaming and anime goodies!- LoL)
1030  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 23, 2012, 03:38:55 PM
I just got a healed picture of a really fun tattoo I got the opportunity to do... between this piece and the fact that I nabbed X-Com for 25 bucks at wal-mart this black friday officially rocks for me :)
1031  The Rest / General Discussions / Black Friday.. or "almost black" thursday? Game deals.... on: November 22, 2012, 02:40:15 PM
So, I don't do much aside from play games and work..... actually I don't do anything else... and while I know some of the best deals for holiday shopping can all be taken advantage of online, I love indulging myself in a little real life mass-madness come black friday....

For any other masochists who enjoy the economic/consumer depravity of this disgusting event, such as myself, I came across this little list of the deals....


To Highlight something I noticed quickly..... apparently a lot of the game specific deals at wal-mart are not revealed until scanned for purchase.... so don't let that price tag of 59.99 fool you.... X-Com truly is 25 bucks at 8pm tonite :)

1032  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: EBAY: Import RPGs, Rare Soundtracks, PS1 RPG Strategy Guides, Etc. RPGF DISCOUNT on: November 22, 2012, 02:29:24 PM
That list is enough to make me drool... Rest assured, I'll be keeping an eye on a few of these for sure! Thanks for the heads up, friend!
1033  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: November 15, 2012, 03:05:58 PM
I just saw the siliconera post with the new screens and flew over here to express how excited I was!.... Though it appears you guys beat me to it... LoL

None-the-less I"m gonna post an official "woo-hoo" because I LOVE when characters appearance is altered via equipment or class in a JRPG... Little attention to visual details like that make me happy :)

This is really looking like something I'm gonna be waiting with baited breath for.... or at least waiting for an NA release announcement..
1034  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 11, 2012, 02:48:09 PM
I've been a baaaad gamer as of late..... I'm here for confession....

"Life" drastically reduced available playtime and internet time for me in the last month or so.... Without exploring those gory details, I'm happy to report that balance is being re-established.... Meaning 1-2 hours of gaming a day fits neatly back into the schedule and DAMN do I have some catching up to do as I still have a # of titles to finish up before I get to X-Com and Mugen Souls..... Any-hoo....

Most recently I just finished Corpse Party. With a few excruciating instances/aspects aside (like having to restart chapter 5 like 3 times before beating it) I absolutely LOVED this game. I never thought survival-horror could be so freakin' cool in 16-bit top down style... And with the plethora of bad endings and extra chapter/story content that doesn't require a drastic amount of my time to see, I can say, honestly, this is the only title I have played in a long time with real replay value for me.... Typically no matter how much I like a game and know I can bleed if for quite a bit more content, once the credits roll I'm through.

So corpse party, totally gets 2 thumbs up in my book. Even with the ridiculously  regurgitated maps and gameplay, the title just never got stale for me ..........the best part, was I actually felt legitimately creeped-out playing it. I'll be looking forward to the sequel.

In other news, I'm still making my way through the tiny world-yet long tale that is Breath of Fire 3. I've been playing this game for like a freaking month and a half now....  Currently I'm off to find the legendary mariner... I shudder to think of how much I have missed thus far though as I'm finding the most challenging part of this game to be discovering the masters, genes and optional stuff... Straight up battle difficulty became an afterthought as soon as I aquired the warrior gene (seriously unbalanced to the point where I have beaten every boss since getting the gene in 2-3 turns transformed).

So I'm still wading in the classic-styled gaming goodness I decided to indulge back in august... But my desire to get back to and finish Agarest 2 and Hyperdimension MK2 (been playing off and on since release-LoL) to finally move on to some new current gen stuff is really starting to get to me.
1035  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okami HD on: November 01, 2012, 05:31:57 PM
Two hours is fast.  I've been downloading it for like 5 hours now and it's still not done.  Mind you, my connection is extremely fast when connecting to anything besides Sony's servers.  But anything from PSN is always excruciatingly slow...

I recently connected my PS3 via ethernet instead of wireless.  I went from numbing slowness to great speed.  Might be a part of the PS3's wireless adapter being crap.  Of course, I have an OLD 60GB model, so that may just be what's going on there.

Ditto.  I always hated how slow PSN was with anything on wireless on my old 60gb model.  I plugged in an ethernet cable to try with P4A and PSN became much more responsive/fast.  I tried playing Persona Arena wired and wireless and the wireless was incredibly slow.  Refreshing for matches was slow.  Connecting to the server after a match could sometimes take 40-60 seconds after every match.  General slowness pretty much with anything that needed to connect to something.  Sucked.  Wired worked basically how my xbox wireless has always worked.  Responsive, lobbies/player lists refreshed faster, connections post-match took under 5 seconds.  I wish it wasn't such a hassle to use wired because it's so much better.

You guys are not kidding...... I use two 60gb Ps3's (one in my primary living/playing/working space and one in my bedroom), one is a wired connection and the other is not..... the difference is like night and day...

On the Okami note, I'm pretty excited about this.... I never got a chance to play okami before but always heard wonderful things so this is totally on the "to-play" list.... I just need to polish off corpse party and breath of fire 3 first.....well actually I guess then I have x-com, the rest of agarest 2 to finish and I really wanted to give Nights Into Dreams a whirl.... so maybe its more along the lines of my "play next year list"-LoL..... but its on the list none-the-less :)
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